Monday, March 18, 2013

Banner Design

This scene probably looks familiar to you if you follow this blog.  I did a poured watercolor painting with a similar scene a few weeks ago. This is a small acrylic painting, 4" x 16", that was painted to enter into a contest.  There is a town close to us that is picking artists to paint 4' x 16' banners to hang from light posts during the summer.  If my design is chosen, I will have about 6 weeks to paint that large banner on both sides.  I think it would be such a fun project.  I have no idea what type of design they are looking for or how many people are entering or how many designs they are picking, but I will be keeping my fingers crossed for the next week until I hear whether or not my design is chosen.

I wanted this to look like a wood block print with flat areas of color and black outlines.  If this design is chosen, I will be able to make the shapes where the colors connect be an interesting part of the design.   That wasn't possible in this small painting.

This took a lot longer to paint that I thought it would.  Originally, I wanted to use the colors that were common in the old Japanese wood block prints but it was looking too blah so I re-painted it using brighter colors.  I think these bright colors are a better choice for a banner anyway.

I'll let you know when I find out whether or not I get to work on this project.


  1. I like the stylized look of this with the black outlines, and the bright colors are definitely tropical! I hope you get a chance to paint the large banner - best of luck!

  2. Je pense que très souvent nous mettons plus de temps à peindre des petits formats...
    J'aime beaucoup le rendu de cette peinture... Je suis certaine qu'elle va beaucoup plaire. J'espère qu'elle sera sélectionnée pour ce projet.
    Gros bisous à vous.

  3. Hope your's is chosen. I really like it.

  4. Oh I do love this piece, Nancy! So perfect for California (or even Florida). I love the black outlines too and think this contest would be a piece of cake for a silk painter like yourself! Good luck and wish my vote counted because you have it!!!

  5. Vous êtes Martinealison droite. Beaucoup de gens ne se rendent pas compte qu'un petit tableau peut prendre autant de temps que un plus grand.

    Thank you Jerry.

    Thanks for your vote Sherry.

  6. I hope your design makes it, Nancy! It's a beautiful painting! I love the size of this piece, as well!! Good luck!!!

  7. Hi Nancy, Very beautiful and vibrant colors! Love your banner design!
    I made one too and just brought back mine. It was fun to try out something different.

  8. Thank you Prerana. Yes, it's fun to try new things. I'll try again next year.


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